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Conference & Workshop Social Cities of Tomorrow.

 Social Cities of Tomorrow is an international conference & workshop on new media & urban design we co-organized in February 2012. Check out the conference website for extensive documentation, a wrap up, reports and videos of the event!

Ownership in the hybrid city: themes and examples (part 2)

A while ago our study ‘Ownership in the Hybrid City’ was published. The study, written in collaboration with Virtueel Platform, informs the event Social Cities of Tomorrow (14 − 17 Feb 2012). In…

Ownership in the hybrid city: themes and examples (part 1)

A while ago our study ‘Ownership in the Hybrid City’ was published. The study, written in collaboration with Virtueel Platform, informs the event Social Cities of Tomorrow (14 − 17 Feb 2012). In…

Social Cities: how to engage citizens with digital media

(This article was published a few days ago on Engaging Cities, as a guest contribution) Social Cities: how to engage citizens with digital media Michiel de Lange – The Mobile City The increasing…

How kite photography can empower local communities

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science promotes the use of cheap open source tools such as kite photography to empower local communities and raise a sense of ‘ownerhsip’ with important environmental issues.

Review: Paul Dourish & Genevieve Bell – Divining a digital future (2011)

In Divining a Digital Future (2011), computer scientist Paul Dourish (Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine) and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell (Intel Interaction and Experience Research Lab) again team up…

How to design better cities with urban interventions and computer code?

How can we design urban objects that bring about an urban public sphere? And how can we make use of algorithms to make urban design more adaptive to the needs of citizens? These questions were addressed during the first Cognitive Cities Salon in Amsterdam.

Yes, That’s a nice Urban Data Visualization. So what?

Report of City_Play_Data. Expert Meeting on Digital Media and ‘Ownership’ in the city.
How do we design urban media that allow citizens to act? Can we use urban games to include citizens in urban planning? And how do we move beyond ‘gamificiation’ ?

The Urban Culture of Sentient Cities: From an Internet of Things to a Public Sphere of Things

Recently I contributed a chapter to the book Sentient City Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space edited by Mark Shepard. On May 14 2011 we will also take part in…

Crisis & chances for the enterprising architect – a report

Report of an evening for architects at the Chamber of Commerce, Amsterdam, 3 March 2011 Last week I attended the meeting “Chances for the enterprising architect” (PDF, announcement in Dutch). The evening was organized…

Three approaches of digital media and urban design

Yesterday Virtueel Platform launched a new book on best practices in the field of e-culture in The Netherlands (download regular pdf / pdf for ipad). The Mobile City was invited to contribute an essay…

Review: Aurigi & De Cindio (2008) – Augmented urban spaces

Aurigi, A., & De Cindio, F. (2008). Augmented urban spaces: articulating the physical and electronic city. Aldershot: Ashgate. (The introduction is a free read from the website). This book from 2008 had been…

Wireless Stories: optimism and doubts about the future of public space

Last week the Dutch Mediafund and the Design department of the Sandberg Academy organized the conference Wireless Stories: new media in public space. The Mobile City was invited to provide the opening keynote…

The search for immersion in Geomedia

Imagine if photography was only used to create images for product catalogues. No artistic use came to mind, no aesthetics deemed nesessary. It’s not a strange thought experiment. This, following Bolter and Grusin’s…

Sander Veenhof’s NBeep6 – a free and anonymous 6bit communication channel in Cameroon

Yesterday I visited the Mobile Monday meet-up in Amsterdam, and came across some interesting presentations. I particularly liked the presentation of Dutch artist Sander Veenhof. Over the last few years Veenhof has grown…

Why The Economist is wrong about ‘the internet of hype’

Some weeks ago The Economist published an article about ‘the internet of things’, with the provocative title ‘The internet of hype‘. The journalist, (nick)named [?] Schumpeter, was invited to attend the corporate event…

DATACITY – Report of Amber’ 10 – Art and Technology Festival in Istanbul (November 2010)

During the 5th and 14th of November, the city of Istanbul became subject and object, host and platform to the fourth international Amber Art and Technology Festival. The festival explores and questions the…

Report: Workshop ‘Locative Contours, Residua and Documentary Inclinations’ @ amberconference ’10 “Datacity”

Between November 5-14th, the city of Istanbul hosted the fourth international Amber Art and Technology Festival. The festival explores and questions the impact of technologies on social, cultural, and political domains via artistic…

Mobile phones, social networks and location data: Recognizing the Nuances of Privacy

This weekend the new issue of OPEN will be launched at the Berlin Biennial. “Privacy” is the main theme, and the focus is “not so much on deploring the loss of privacy but…

Some notes on the design of pervasive games

How do you design gaming experiences in the city? What is the role of locative and mobile media in urban games? What is the relation between computer games and the city? Those three…